By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

The Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program has won some bipartisan support, as two senators – one democrat and one republican – have introduced legislation that would authorize it permanently.

The CDBG DR program would revise the way recovery funds reach communities in need following a disaster.

The law, introduced by U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Toddy Young (R-IN), would prioritize funds for both low- and moderate-income disaster survivors, among other things, and ensure that investments would go toward helping communities make their infrastructure resilient against future disasters.

The legislation would also create a Department of the Treasury account specifically for disaster relief, and also requires that no less than 70 percent of funds benefit low- and moderate-income people.

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